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Wednesday, January 2, 2013


Although today isn’t the first day of the 2013 new year, it’s close enough. I’m sure most of us spent yesterday getting over the festivities of the night before. If not nursing a hangover from too much drinking, maybe too much eating, or catching up on some much need rest and sleep. Which brings me to today’s post—what are your New Year’s Resolution(s)?

I’ve seen this question bantered around over the past couple of weeks with all different responses. Some don’t make them, some do and don’t keep them, and others do and work real hard to complete them. I heard something yesterday about making resolutions. The piece focused on losing weight resolution, by the way is the number one resolution people make, but the tips I think work for any one you make. In my case, what I vow with my writing, and reading.

  • ·        Get encouragement from friends

  • ·        Make changes easier

  • ·        Reward for short-term achievements

  • ·        Don’t do alone

  • ·        Expect failure, but don’t give up, just don’t beat yourself up--start over

That’s real good advice, so for my resolution (I’m one of those who doesn’t, I just do what works for me) I’m putting these tips to work for my writing career, especially the last one. I’ll keep writing despite what others may say and write that strange story that doesn’t quite fit into any genre because, well, I want to and like it. May never sell to a publisher and may never have a sale to anyone other than family, but at least I did what made me happy, and my muse.

I hope the coming year will find me encouraging my fellow authors, reward myself for finishing that work in progress I’ve been writing for two years and still not finished, and expect I will fail and not finish it, but be happy I at least attempted to try. I’ll reward my readers by participating in a few more blog hops offering either a book, swag, or a gift certificate to purchase more books. Writing is a very singular type business, but for promotion needs a village! I’ve throttled back on promotion a bit the second-half of the year and sales slumped, so I’ll have to pick that up for the new year. Of course, I was busy writing during that time, but now have to find a balance so I can be more productive. Those are my goals, what are yours?

Happy New Year everyone, and hope your resolutions for the new year make you happy with the end results.

Here’s a little snippet of my latest release. It takes place at Christmas time and can be read anytime because it is the first in the serial and the next one is due out Valentine’s or February sometime. The Misadventures of Dick Grewcock is a vampire comedy with a bit of erotic for some spice to the short story. Dick is in search of a girlfriend and a new beginning, sort of like a New Year’s Resolution.


Richard “Dick” Grewcock is a fledgling vampire, turned by choice on Halloween Night. He is a computer geek, thirty-two years old, and learns vampires are handsome, powerful, and have women falling over them—everything he's not. Problem is, after he turns he doesn't get any of those qualities and wants his money back. All he wants for Christmas is a girlfriend.

Christmas Eve he confronts his maker and as he argues to get his money back or at least fix his problem, a pretty young woman walks in and disrupts his train of thought.
Noelle St. Nicholas is on a mission to save her home and won’t take no for an answer. The only who can save her is Dick, the nerd staring at her and looking really weird.
On his first adventure to find love, Dick Grewcock gets a Christmas wish he won’t soon forget.


In a blur, the fangs retracted into his gums. He reached into a jacket pocket and pulled out the VRU pamphlet. “Okay, it says here, ‘becoming a vampire is an opportunity to become a better you in every way. Besides, being the same age as you are at time of transformation for as long as you exist as a member of the Undead League, you will retain good-looks as well.’” Dick glanced up from the pamphlet and stared at his sire. “Hello? Look at me. What the hell are these red circles around my eyes? And what’s up with the pasty-white color over my entire body? I look like a Kabuki actor on his last legs that no kimono or red lipstick will help.”

“Oh Dick, don’t be silly. You’re a good-looking vampire, and you should try Blood Red by Maybelline. They have that long-lasting blend which lasts all night. Doesn’t smudge or rub off when you bite hard. I have that shade on tonight.” He smacked his lips. “By the way, speaking of actors, can you sing and dance? If so, I got a memo today from one of my clients looking to hire at both Disney World and Universal Studios, a great opportunity.” He leaned over the wooden desk and lowered his voice. “You know when you work for either company, you get discounts. Oh, such fun. I feel like a little kid when I visit the parks. I especially like the fireworks display during special events or the electric parade. Have you been to their night shows yet?”

Dick rolled his eyes. “Uh, no. Can we get back on subject here?”

“Oh sorry, I get excited about amusement parks. Okay, where were we? Oh yes, your pasty-colored skin. Are you feeding enough on whole blood, not that synthetic crap blood pushers sell on the corner streets?”

Cynthia Arsuaga
 Erotic Romance Author



Tina Donahue said...

Happy New Year, Cynthia! Your newest release sounds amazing. :)

M. S. Spencer said...

Hey Cynthia--your "strange story" comment struck a chord--I've got one that doesn't fit any genre or even category (too long for a short story, too short for a novella). Every once in awhile I send it out but no can figure out where to put it. Still it's my favorite!You've encouraged me to keep trying. Meredith

Sandy said...

Hey, Cynthia, I made a New Year's resolution to write one sentence a day. I figure I can keep that. lol I hope. I got the idea from the blog before this one. Grin!

Cynthia Arsuaga said...

Thanks for your comments, ladies. Let's just see where we are with these resolutions/goals the end of the year. :)

Melissa Keir said...

I love that you write stories that can't be simply categorized. Thanks for being such an inspiration!


Nicole Morgan said...

Happy New Year's Cynthia! I'm starting off the New Year with too much to do and not enough time to do it in, so I plan to set myself some serious goals to keep myself in check. Have a great year! :)

Katalina Leon said...

Happy New Year Cynthia!

Janice Seagraves said...

I love the premise for you latest story.

Happy New Year.


jean hart stewart said...

Glad to see all that junk removed so I can comment. My first Druid book was rejected by a New York editor who thought it was junk. I took it back,EC loved it, and here I am today on my third series with them. Everybody should stick to their inner voice and I'm glad you did.

Shoshanna Evers said...

Happy New Year and best of luck with your new release! :)

Cara Marsi said...

Cynthia, thank you for an inspiring blog. I don't make resolutions because I don't keep them. But I did set a goal of writing at least 1K words a day. I wish you many sales this year.

LKF said...

Hey Cynthia,
I love that you write outside the box, don;t change. There's a home for everything e write, and readers that will love it. I don't do resolutions, I do goals and my calendar is full this year. Great post and excerpt.

Lisa Kessler said...

Ha! Your new release sounds fun!!!

Happy 2013!!! I hope it's an awesome year for all of us!

Lisa :)

Cynthia Arsuaga said...

Hey everyone,
I appreciate you stopping by and commenting despite those crazy spammers. Hope we all have a great

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